For McKenna’s fifth birthday, a bunch of people chipped in to get her the Megladon dollhouse from Costco. A few weeks ago, I went up to the Costco across town to make the purchase, after the store on this side of town sold out Of the dollhouse. At first I thought that I’d be able to grab the box and check out without a cart; after lifting one corner of the box, I realized that I would have to go with plan B – sliding the box onto a cart and transferring the box to the car with as little lifting as possible. Laura and I just replaced our water heater this week, and the dollhouse box was literally heavier than the new 50 gallon water heater.
Laura and I made several strategic mistakes leading up to the assembly of the dollhouse, including choosing the week of McKenna’s party to replace the water heater, the kitchen, table, and the kitchen floor. Consequently, we left almost no time to both reassemble our house and assemble the dollhouse.
Oh, and basketball practice started this week. Fortunately for me, though, Laura’s sister and mother were coming into town and they could assemble the dollhouse.
Laura and her mother thrive on organization, so step one would be to organize all of the parts. Because surely the people who developed a 600 piece dollhouse would love organization as much as Laura and Rita did.
An attempt to impose organization on the dollhouse by lining up the pieces around the room was aborted after it became obvious that our small house was not large enough to contain all of the walls of the giant dollhouse laid end-to-end.
Next, Team Sweatsuit and Team Bathrobe began to debate whether the walls they were building would end up being the right or the left side of the house. I asked if the instructions provided any information that would help resolve the debate. Rita’s response:”THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS.”
Using the picture of the completed dollhouse on the box, the construction team resolved the debate and pushed on.
3.5 hours later, the dollhouse was complete. Except for the pool, that is, which would have to be added after we found a place to put the monstrosity.
McKenna unveiled the house at her party the next day, and it was a hit. Thanks to Laura, Rita, and Gayle for doing the hard work for the rest of us who chipped in!